A Parent's Perspective on Patient Safety

One of this mom's most valued partnerships is the one she has with the children's hospital who saved her son.

Without a doubt, Dec. 19, 2005 was the best day of my life. It was the day my husband, Brian, and I welcomed our first child, Andrew. We were supposed to come home as a new family of three on Dec. 21—my birthday. It was like a fairytale. At least it would have been.

Instead, on Dec. 20, less than 24 hours after Andrew's birth, Brian and I went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. Our baby was diagnosed with two congenital heart defects: transposition of the great arteries and coarctation of the aorta.

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